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Quartet depart as Glens welcome McGuigan back

 

By Graham Luney

Gary Haveron has wasted no time as he gets his rebuilding job at Glentoran under way. Former Oval skipper Stephen McAlorum and Ciaran Caldwell, along with Chris Lavery and Stephen O'Flynn have been released - while John McGuigan has returned to east Belfast.

Former Oval skipper Stephen McAlorum and Ciaran Caldwell, along with Chris Lavery and Stephen O'Flynn have been released - while John McGuigan has returned to east Belfast.

Both Caldwell McAlorum, who won two Irish Cups in his five years with the east Belfast side, may now attract the interest of Cliftonville, though the Reds are set to appoint a new manager after Tommy Breslin takes charge for their Europa League play-off commitments.

Glentoran stated: "We thank Stephen for his 5 years service to the club, particularly his contribution to 2 Irish Cup wins and wish him all the very best for the future both inside and outside football."

McAlorum remarked on social media: "The party's over but our friendship is forever.

"All good things must come to an end. Thank you to all the fans who have supported me from the start.

"Two big Irish Cup wins in tough times was a highlight. Big thank you to my team-mates and I wish you all the best. I hope Glentoran get a successful return to where they should be. Le Jue Avant Tout."

Caldwell added: "I'd like to thank Glentoran for last two years. Hope to see them return to the top in the future wish Gary, staff and players all the best."

O'Flynn and Lavery have also left the club on the expiry of their contracts, while another player who is expected to move on is Rangers legend Nacho Novo, but Haveron will have further talks with the striker.

Meanwhile, John McGuigan last night returned to The Oval.

McGuigan spent five years with the Glens - where he won the Irish Cup in 2013 - before joining Warrenpoint Town on loan in January 2015. He subsequently made that move permanent and, having helped Town claim the Championship title this season, has penned a two-year deal with Glentoran, who have also announced a new contract for young gun Karl Hamill and the arrival of 18-year-old midfielder Dylan Davidson from Preston North End.

Elsewhere, Portadown have confirmed that they have signed former player David McCullough from Ards for next season, while Mark Carson has agreed a deal to stay at the club.

However, Stephen Hughes has left Shamrock Park after just one season and could be poised for a return to Warrenpoint.

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